Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

Welcome to Upcoming Workshops
Something for everyone!

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County to host webinar for NY State Beginning Farmer Grant and Loan Forgiveness Program
Monday, December 1, 2014
1:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Representatives from Empire State Development and NYS Agriculture and Markets will be on hand to share information and answer questions about this new initiative. The $614,000 fund, created during the 2014 legislative session, will provide grants of up to $50,000 for eligible beginning farmers who participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation in New York State.

Bonnie Devine from Empire State Development will share information about the Beginning Farmer Grant Program. Representatives from NYS Higher Education Services Corporation will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program. The program provides loan forgiveness awards to individuals who obtain an undergraduate degree from an approved New York State college or university and agree to operate a farm in New York State, on a full-time basis for five years. Barbara Hochberg with New York State Higher Education Services Corporation will share information about the Loan Forgiveness Program.

Webconferencing is being used to connect all of the participating Cornell Cooperative Extension sites together. This informational meeting is free and open to the public. To register, emailNancy with your name, address, and phone number.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

GMO Webinar | Grape Pruning Workshop | Cornell Hops Conference | Local Flavor, Making it Farm to Table Presented by Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty (FLCB)

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Pruning Workshops
Friday, December 5, 2014 or Friday, March 6, 2015
9:00 am – Noon
Finger Lakes Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard
Anthony Road Wine Company
1020 Anthony Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Are you interested in learning how to prune grape vines? Then you won't want to miss the Finger Lakes Grape Program's pruning class and hands-on demonstration. There will be a brief indoor session with plenty of time to get familiarized with proper techniques and ask any questions you may have. Then participants will go outside and all attendees will have the opportunity to prune vines on three different training systems. The instructor will be Mike Colizzi, Viticulture Community Educator with the Finger Lakes Grape Program. Please remember to dress for the weather and bring your own pruning sheers.

Fee: $25.00/person
Pre-registration is required. Call Yates County Cooperative Extension at 315-536-5134 or Register on-line

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Cornell Hops Conference
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Morrisville State College
Morrisville, NY

This is a great networking opportunity to meet with brewers, educators, growers, and prospective growers. Registration includes lunch and trade show.

The conference will contain one full day session of hop related topics and there will be two additional separate tracks: (A) Growing hops for beginners & (B) brewing.

Please note seating is limited. Register at the following links before November 24, 2014.
Events & Pricing
Registration Fee: NeHA Members $75.00
Registration Fee: Non-Members $85.00
Friday Beer Pairing Dinner: $45.00 (only 100 seats available)
Saturday Post Conference Happy Hour: $15.00
Saturday Beer Pairing Dinner: $30 (only 50 seats available & drinks not included)

To register: Conference attendees, Click here to register
For complete agenda go to Northeast Hop Alliance Complete Agenda
For more information about the conference contact: Steve Miller or phone 315-684-300 x 127
OR Alycia Schick or phone 315-684-3001x 108.

This event is brought to you by: USDA Agriculture/NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Specialty Crop Block Grant, and NYS Farm Viability Institute Grant.

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Panel Discussion to Support Local Products, Farmers, Distribution and More Held in Geneva
Local Flavor, Making it Farm to Table Presented by Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty (FLCB)
Monday, December 8, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ventosa Vineyards
3440 NY Rte 96A
Geneva, NY 14456

The public and FLCB members are welcome to attend this luncheon and panel discussion to learn how “farm-to-table” works from a panel of experts representing all parts of the process. Talk with growers, farmers, small producers, distributors and local support systems. And finally see the end result of local flavor with restaurants and retailers utilizing local products. Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty is a membership organization committed to promoting local food and products that define the region’s cuisine and communities.

Panel Speakers Include: Thom Trause, producer of Ithaca Soy; Klaas Martens, a local Organic Grain Farmer based in Penn Yan; Brent Maynard of ilovenyfarms.com, an alternative way of distribution; Alexandra Smith, Entrepreneurial Support from the Tech Farm in Geneva on supporting local producers startups; Isabel Bogadtke and Christopher Bates of F.L.X. Wienery in Dundee; Ben Wickham of Bostrom Farms, meat farmer and local retailer owner; Dana Stafford of Regional Access, Large Distributor in the Finger Lakes Region.

Cost: $25.00/person covers networking, lunch, beverages, and the panel discussion.

Purchase tickets online or register and pay at the door by emailing FLCB

High Tunnel and Greenhouse Grower Update | December 11, 2014

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High Tunnel and Greenhouse Grower Update
Thursday, December 11, 2014
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Topics include:
• Choices Matter: Greenhouse Veg Varieties, Judson Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program
• Greenhouse Vegetable Potpourri, Neil Mattso
• Greenhouse Plant Disease Management, Brian Eshenaur
• Update on Managing Greenhouse Pests, John Sanderson
• Guidelines for Greenhouse Vegetables, Transplants and Herbs, Elizabeth Lamb
• Shade Perennial Trial Update, Elizabeth Lamb

DEC recertification credits available for categories: 1a, 3a, 10, 23, 24, 25
Fee: $35.00/person
Registration requested by December 3, 2014 by calling 585-394-3977 x 427 or emailNancy with your name, address, and phone number.

Click here for the flyer for the High Tunnel Workshop

2014 Calf and Heifer Congress | December 10-11, 2014

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2014 Calf and Heifer Congress
"Birth to Breeding"

December 10-11, 2014
RIT Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467 (located off Exit 46 of New York State Thruway

Topics include:
December 10: Pre-conference Evening Program & Panel Discussion:
• How to Raise Calves Successfully on Automatic Calf Feeders
Jan Ziemerink, Forster-Technik North America. Jan is passionate about robotic feeding systems and their benefit to calves. He has over twenty years of experience with this technology and group raised calves from his work in Europe and North America.
• Facilitated Q&A interaction between Jan Ziemerink and the audience.

Conference, December 11:
• Using Knowledge of Calf Behavior to Reduce Stress, Improve Weaning Success and Performance
Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
• Calving Management – Training, Procedures and Calf Challenges
Dr. Mark Thomas, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Dairy Health & Management Services
• Research Updates
• Respiratory Disease – Assessment and Impact
Dr. Terri Ollivett, University of Wisconsin
• Advances in Heifer Nutrition
Dr. Fernando Soberon, Shur-Gain USA
• Heifer Reproduction Programs, Technologies and Economics
Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University
• Genetic Reproductive Traits – Using Genomics and Daughter Pregnancy Rates
Dr. Kim Egan, CRI-Genex with a moderated producer/presenter panel discussion to follow
• Facilitated Panel Discussion on Heifer Reproduction Speakers
Invited Producers and Audience

Fee:
Pre-Conference Dinner/Program and Conference (Full Day) is $225.00 by November 28, 2014.
After November 28 fee is $275.00.
Pre-Conference Dinner/Program is $60.00
Conference (Full Day) is $165.00 by November 28, 2014.
After November 28 fee is $215.00
One copy of the conference proceedings, breaks and meals are included with registration.
To Register on-line

Wreath making | Traditional Cooking with Local Food: Hanukkah

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Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Making fragrant evergreen wreaths is a creative and fun way to get in the Holiday spirit. Roger VanNostrand, Master Gardener will demonstrate how to make and trim a natural wreath. He and other Master Gardeners will assist those needing help in assembling their wreaths. Roger will also demonstrate briefly how to make decorative roping which is very similar to making a wreath.

All materials including wreath frames, wire, greens, natural trim items, and bows will be provided to make a 12 inch diameter wreath.

Participants are urged to bring their own hand pruners, gloves, and any favorite natural materials suitable for this sized wreath.
Fee: $15.00/person covers the cost of materials for one wreath per person.

Registration requested by Monday, November 24, 2014. Space will be limited so register early.

Contact: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Traditional Cooking with Local Food: Hanukkah
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:00 am to Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Hanukkah is a joyous Jewish holiday that often falls in December and is associated with foods fried in oil. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional Hanukkah food that is easy to make. Join Hope Galens, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County Local Food Educator in a hands-on class and learn to make three varieties of latkes and fresh applesauce to accompany them. Our latke ingredients will be sourced locally and will include Traditional Potato, Beet and Carrot, and Kohlrabi, Carrot and Kale latkes.

This particular class is family friendly, children 10 and up who are accompanied by an adult, are welcome in this class.

Fee: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child with maximum of $20.00 per family.

Pre-registration is requested by Thursday, December 4, 2014. by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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